Associate Canadian Ontario high school Grade 12 Course Information
Understanding Course Codes
Example: English Grade 12 – ENG 4U
ENG - Identifies the course (English)…4 – Identifies the grade (12)…U – Identifies course Level (Academic, University Bound)
C– Identifies course Level (Applied, College Bound)
M- Identifies course level (University or College Bound)
O- Identifies course Level (Open, Wok after Graduation)
E- Identifies course Level (Open, Wok after Graduation)
Grade 12 Visual Arts (University/College Preparation-Course Code- AVI4M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach.
International Business Fundamentals (University/College-Course Code- BBB4M)
This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for post-secondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.
Canada and World Studies Department
World Geography: Urban Patterns and Population Issues (University/College Preparation Course Code-CGU4U)
Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.
This course examines how humans interact with their natural environments and with each other. Students will study the influence of spatial, political, economic, and social factors on settlement patterns, human migration, cultural change, globalization, and environmental trends. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to extend their knowledge of human geography and to identify and explain current trends and patterns, and predict future ones.
History: Canada - History, Identity, and Culture (University Preparation-Course Code- CHI4U)
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
This course explores the challenges associated with the formation of a Canadian national identity. Students will examine the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Canada from the pre-contact period to the present and will investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues from a variety of perspective s . Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to consider events and ideas in historical context, debate issues of culture and identity, and present their own views.
World History - The West and the World (University Preparation-Course Code- CHY4U)
Prerequisite: Any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the 16th Century to the present. Students learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world and about the development of modern social, political, and economic systems. The skills and knowledge developed in this course enable students to understand and appreciate both the character of historical change and the historical roots of contemporary issues.
Canadian and International Law (University Preparation-Course Code- CLN4U)
Prerequisite: Any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
This course examines elements of Canadian and international law in social, political, and global contexts. Students will study the historical and philosophical sources of law and the principles and practices of international law and will learn to relate them to issues in Canadian society and the wider world. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to analyze legal issues, conduct independent research, and present the results of their inquiries in a variety of ways.
Canadian and World Politics (University-Course Code-CPW4U)
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World
Studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will
investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply critical-thinking and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.
Computer Studies Department
Computer Programming (College Preparation-Course Code- ICS4C)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming, Grade 11, College Preparation
This course further develops students’ computer programming skills. Students will learn object-oriented programming concepts, create object-oriented software solutions, and design graphical user interfaces. Student teams will plan and carry out a software development project using industry-standard programming tools and proper project management techniques. Students will also investigate ethical issues in computing and expand their understanding of environmental issues, emerging technologies, and computer-related careers.
Introduction to Computer Science (University Preparation-Course Code- ICS4U)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation
This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.
English Workplace (Workplace Preparation-Course Code- ENG4E)
Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, Workplace Preparation
This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will analyse informational, graphic, and literary texts and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for workplace-related and practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language accurately and organizing ideas and information coherently. The course is intended to prepare students for the workplace and active citizenship.
English (College Preparation-Course Code- ENG4C)
This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace.
English (University preparation-Course Code- ENG4U)
This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a variety of informational and graphic texts and challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college or the workplace.
Grade 12 Writer’s Craft (University preparation-Course Code- EWC4U)
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
Studies in Literature (University Preparation-Course Code- ETS4U)
This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.
Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (Open: OLC4O)
Prerequisite: Eligibility requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. Students who
* have already met the literacy requirement for graduation via the OSSLT
* are an adult student
*are a student who has completed an equivalent number of senior level courses.........may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.
This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.
English as a Second Language
NOTE: This is the highest grade ESL course possible. We will be adding new ESL courses that begin at grade 9 to grade 11, plus TOFEL and IELTS preparation courses, very soon.
Level 5 English as a Second Language (ESL Level 5 Open-Course Code- ESLEO)
Prerequisite: ESLDO Level 4 or equivalent
This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.
Foundations for College Mathematics (College Preparation-Course Code- MAP 4C)
Prerequisite: Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College Preparation, or
Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation, MCF3M
This course enables students to broaden their understanding of real-world applications of mathematics. Students will analyze data using statistical methods; solve problems involving applications of geometry and trigonometry; solve financial problems connected with annuities, budgets, and renting or owning accommodation; simplify expressions; and solve equations. Students will reason mathematically and their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. This course prepares students for college programs in areas such as business, health sciences, human services, and for certain skilled trades.
Advanced Functions (University Preparation-Course Code-MHF4U)
Prerequisites: Grade 11 Functions, MCR3U, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, MAP4C
This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.
Calculus and Vectors (University Preparation-Course Code- MCV4U)
Prerequisite: Note: Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Preparation, MHF4U, must be taken prior to or concurrently with Calculus and Vectors.
This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.
Mathematics of Data Management (University Preparation-Course Code- MDM4U)
Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation MCR3U, or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation, MCF3M
This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.
Physical and Health Education Department
Exercise Science (University Preparation-Course Code-PSE4U)
Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in science (e.g. SBI3U or 3C recommended), or any Grade 11 or 12 open course in health and physical education (e.g. PPZ3O)
This course focuses on the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and principals involved in human development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the evolution of physical activity and sports, and the factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity. The course prepares students for university programs in physical education, kinesiology, recreation, and sports administration.
Biology (University Preparation-Course Code- SBI 4U)
Prerequisite: SBI 3U
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
Chemistry (University Preparation-Course Code- SCH4U)
Prerequisite: Gr. 11 Chemistry, SCH3U
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy This course enables students to deep their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refined their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
Chemistry (College Preparation-Course Code- SCH4C)
Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic or Applied
This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of technological applications and processes on society and the environment.
Earth and Space Science (University Preparation-Course Code- SES4U)
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
Physics (University Preparation-Course Code- SPH4U)
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Social Sciences/Humanities Department
Families in Canada (University Preparation-Course Code- HHS4U)
Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.
Families in Canada (College Preparation-Course Code- HHS4C)
Prerequisite: Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada.
Challenge and Change in Society (University Preparation-Course Code- HSB4U)
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.
Communications Technology (College/University Preparation-Course Code- TGJ4M)
This course enables students to further develop media knowledge and skills while designing and producing projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students may work in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will investigate career opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing technological environment.
Computers: Computer Engineering (University/College Preparation-Course Code- TEJ4M)
Prerequisite: Computer Engineering Technology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course extends students' understanding of computer systems and computer interfacing with external devices. Students will assemble computer systems by installing and configuring appropriate hardware and software, and will learn more about fundamental concepts of electronics, robotics, programming, and networks. Students will examine related environmental and societal issues, and will explore post-secondary pathways leading to careers in computer technology.